By Jill Smith
We always enjoy seeing our alumni club leaders and this year was no exception! Sept. 10 – 11, the UK Alumni Association welcomed 50 alumni club leaders to campus for the annual Alumni Club Leadership Training Conference.
During the conference, the club representatives heard presentations from association staff, members of the board of directors and campus representatives. Friday afternoon’s training session featured round table discussions on the topics of young alumni and diversity, communications, event planning and student recruitment. During lunch on Friday, we all enjoyed hearing from Matthew Mitchell, UK Women’s Basketball Coach, who praised our club leaders for the work they do for their alma mater.
The highlight of the weekend was the Scholarship and Club Awards Dinner held at the Lexington center. Twenty-two different UK Alumni Clubs were recognized with awards for their accomplishments during the 2009-10 academic year. 2010-11 alumni association and club scholarship winners were also honored. We were thrilled to have UK President Lee T. Todd Jr., with us to address the crowd. He discussed the launch of the President’s Scholarship Initiative and shared his story about receiving a scholarship to the University of Kentucky.
We ended the evening with dancing to sounds from “Burning Las Vegas.” All club leaders were invited to join the association’s Board of Directors meeting on Saturday. Dr. Michael Karpf, Executive Vice President of Health Affairs, was on hand to give us an inside look at the new UK Chandler Hospital.
The UK Alumni Association sincerely appreciates the hard work and dedication our alumni club leaders devote to leading the alumni in their local area!